What to do after you’ve suffered cervical injury from a car crash

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In serious car accidents, some victims may suffer extreme cervical injury. Damage to your cervical spine can have a major effect on your way of life.

You may need 24-hour care, or you may not be able to work anymore. If you were involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault and you’re suffering the consequences, there are options available to help you.

There are important steps you need to follow when you have a cervical spinal injury after being involved in a car crash.

What types of cervical injury are there?

There are different levels of cervical spinal cord injury.

The lower levels of injury can cause you to experience a stiff neck and/or pain in your back. These type of symptoms are often referred to as whiplash.

More serious damage to your spinal cord can cause:

  • Paralysis in your hands, legs, and/or arms
  • Limited body movement
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Reduced or significantly impaired speech
  • Inability to do daily tasks (like getting out of bed, dressing, bathing and eating)
  • Inability to walk without specialized travel assistance, for example, a motorized wheelchair
  • Inability to work full-time

Cervical injuries can make a drastic change to your lifestyle. Each cervical injury case is different, but there are some important steps you should follow.

If you haven’t already, visit your doctor

Some injuries take time to develop. People who have suffered traumatic brain injuries don’t always see immediate symptoms. Sometimes they don’t notice any problems until weeks or months after the accident.

This can be the same with spinal injuries. If you experience back or neck pain days, weeks or months after an accident, there is no harm visiting your doctor to get checked out. Your medical practitioner can inspect your back and get an X-ray to see the condition of your spine.

Get medical advice

If you were involved in a serious accident and were immediately taken to the hospital, the doctors will have inspected your spine and been able to see the extent of the injury. During this time, it’s important to get as much advice as you can about it.

  • What is the recovery time?
  • Will there be long-term injuries?
  • Will you need future medical checkups?

Get counselling

When you’ve suffered a severe injury, getting counselling or talking to someone about the accident can help. If your life has been drastically changed by the accident, talking to a counsellor can help you come to terms with what has happened.

Speak to a personal injury lawyer

When you’ve suffered a serious injury from an accident that wasn’t your fault, you should speak to a personal injury lawyer.

Cervical injuries can cause long-term health problems and in some cases, victims have had to stop working full-time and needed additional assistance. Losing your job because of an injury means a loss of financial income, and how will you be able to pay for medical care or support?

Speaking to a personal injury lawyer will get you started on making a compensation claim. You will be able to claim for damages and for loss of wages. When you weren’t responsible for an accident, you should not have to pay the costs.

At Coxwell & Associates, PLLC, our personal injury attorneys have worked on countless auto accident cases. They will fight aggressively for your case to ensure you get the money you need to recover. Contact Coxwell & Associates today at 601-948-1600 or 1-877-231-1600.

Begin your compensation claim now

Download our accident claim sheet and fill out all the important details about your accident. When it’s complete, send it back to us so we can get started on your case:

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Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

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